Plant Health Care Services for the Sioux Falls Area.

Trees are a valuable asset to your property and properly caring for their health and beauty is esential to thier health and longevity. But it can also be a daunting task.

Caring for plants (trees and shrubs) with a integrated plan for establishing and sustaining the long-term performance of the entire landcsape is called PLANT HEALTH CARE (PHC). This incorperates landscape design, specific care practices, integrated pest management, regular monitoring, and client input and education. Aspen provides a wide variety of professional PHC services to the Sioux Falls area to help keep your landscape looking its absolute best. With the area and state's only ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Sam Kezar (MW4503BT), you can feel comforted that your trees and shrubs will get the proper diagnosis, professional monitoring, best scientific management plans, and correct information as to the care and treatment of your landscape. Aspen prides its-self on only recomending and providing treatments that are necessary and effective. We listen to our clients needs and desires for the performance of thier plants and can deliver. But we do not do blanket treatments, sprays, injections, or other control measures unless the problem with the plant warrants it. This is not only better for the environement and plants, but saves the client money while still getting a wonderful looking landscape.

There are many insects and diseases that attack urban trees and shrubs on a constant basis. Plus, many other non-biotic problems. With a custom PHC service plan you can rest assured your trees and shrubs are professionaly and maticulesly cared for. You can hire us for a one time problem or sign up for a service contract with a set budget and we will do the rest. We are a customer service company that just so happens to care for your trees and shrubs!

The following are some of the more commong services included in our PHC service programs:

  • Disease and Pest Diagnosis and treatment plans
  • Tree Risk Assessments
  • Preventative treatments
  • Tree care plans (pruning schedules, planting, etc.)
  • Root collar excavation
  • Root system management
  • Fertilization
  • Monitoring schedules
If you are unsure of what you may need or maybe just want to know what you have. Hire us for a consultation. Since we are a national arboriculture consulting firm, we pride ourselves on providing unbiased, fair, and professional tree care information. We realize that sometimes, companies that do tree work or landscape maintenance, sell services that may not be necessary. By hiring us for a consultation, we will not bid on the project or recommended outcomes from the site visit unless requested by you, the clinet. This gives you the peace of mind that the information you are getting from us is in the best interest of your trees and not for the sale of some spray or other work.


PRUNING - All pruning should be done in accordance with ANSI A300 standards. Pruning isn’t always required and can be harmful to your trees health if done improperly. Therefore, make sure to have pruned only what is necessary or what you request.

REMOVAL - When it comes time for a tree to be removed. Make sure the service is focused on the safety required to do the job. Interview the sales person and ask how they will remove the tree (e.g. Will you be lowing the pieces by rope? or Will heavey equipment be needed to remove the wood?). Also, do your homeowrk to find out if they follow safety regulations and use the proper precautions. All employees on the job site should have a minnimum harthat,safety glasses, and hearing protection along with chainsaw protection for those running chainsaws on the ground. And Finally, get proof of insurace before the job starts or you accept the bid. Hiring a contractor without insuracne can make you liable for any accidens or injuries that happen on your property.

TREE SALES - To learn more about how to choose and buy bare root tree, click here. Also, learn why bare-root trees should be your first choice in planting a tree.

TREE PLANTING - The key to long lived and healthy trees starts with high quality trees and proper planting. Ensure your tree gets the proper care and attention it needs to live a long and healthy life. Make sure all planting is done according to ANSI A 300 standards.

DISEASE DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT - There are many diseases, pathogens, and insects that attack trees. Urban trees are more suceptible to these problems because of the high amounts of stress involved with growing in an urban environment. Choosing an arborist who can properly diagnose a tree issue is very imnportant. At a minnimum serach for an ISA Certified Arborist and research their credentials and past expierence in dealing with tree diseases. Tree problems can be very species specific and a lot of miss inofmraion is often spread by those who "think" they know what is going on or what to do.

Of course, you can always contact us to be provided with a consultation and diagnosis of your tree issues.

Common treatments include the following:

  • Dutch Elm Disease prevention
  • Emerald Ash Borer prevention (should only be recomended or necessary if EAB is within 20 miles of your location)
  • Bronze Birch Borer
  • Two-lined Chestnut Borer (affecting oaks)
  • Bur oak Blight
  • Chlorosis (yellow leaves)
  • Anthracnose (spring leaf drop)
  • Spruce tree Needle Cast

TREE RISK ASSESSMENT - Trees are living growing organisms. They are also very large and can be potentially hazardous if unstable or defective. Most often this isn’t the case. Healthy trees can be very strong and rarely should be a concern. However, if you are worried about a trees health and your home and families safety, we can provide a detailed assessment of the trees health and structure and how that is related to any potential targets. This process is also used in cases were a tree is being considered for removal.

CONSULTATION - Often times as a customer you want to know what is the best action for your tree. We can provide that information with consultation visit. In most instances minimal treatment and often nothing is required. Aspen Arboriculture prides its business on tree preservation and care and only the necessary work for the heath, longevity, and safety of your trees. For more information on consultations, check out the Consulting Arborist Page.